Colonia or Buenos Aires?
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The boat was incredibly hot. I don’t know how the people who work for the line do it day in and day out. I was asleep right when I reached my seat and didn’t wake up till we reached Colonia.
Another main difference I saw between the two cities was the money that the two countries use. Uruguayan pesos are almost worthless when compared to the American dollar. I believe one Argentine peso is about 8 Uruguayan pesos. This would make one American dollar equal to approximately 24 Uruguayan pesos. When one of our group members had to exchange a hundred dollar bill, she received thousand-peso Uruguayan notes in return. Most of us still used Argentine pesos while in Colonia, since it was accepted there, but sometimes it got a little difficult when the locals couldn’t convert Argentine pesos into Uruguayan ones.
We had most of the day today to explore the city further, so those of us who wanted to could rent scooters, ATVs or regular bicycles to do so. I and another one of my peers, Brent, decided to rent ATVs to ride around the city. Our ride turned out to be more of an adventure than we expected. I had never ridden an ATV, or four-wheeler as it was referred to by others. It took me a minute to get used to it, but it was a lot of fun riding over the stony streets of Colonia. Colonia’s roads are mixture between new and old styles. A lot of the old buildings still remain standing and the roads have not been paved over so that tourists can still see the cobblestone streets of old when the come to visit. The one problem we didn’t realize while riding the ATVs was that most of the streets in Colonia are one-way streets. We ended up getting stopped by local police for driving the wrong way on a one-way street.
Of course when one gets caught doing something he/she isn’t supposed to be doing, everyone ends up knowing about it. The incident happened right in front of a group of our friends who ended up taking pictures of us and telling everyone else in our group, so before we came back to our residence, word had spread like wildfire. It was an overall pretty funny incident though.
The two things that I enjoyed the most while in Colonia were the live bands that performed at different local joints and the indoor swimming pool in our hotel which was heated. Both were really nice and relaxing. I enjoyed them a lot.